The Chester Township community is mourning the death of longtime Councilman Nathaniel Ellis, who died last week after a long illness.
Ellis, 90, was appointed to Council in 1982, filling the unexpired term of Robert “Pete” Wilson. Throughout the years, he served in various capacities including as Council vice chairman for 31 years. He also served as police commissioner for two years and is best known for being the originator and primary sponsor of the Chester Township Father’s Day Parade.
Ellis was a Republican committeeman for more than 40 years and also served as treasurer of Chester Township for many years.
“Nate was a mentor to me,” said current Council Chairman Bob May. “I learned a lot from him and will miss him deeply. Nate was extremely dedicated to Chester Township.”
Ellis was co-owner/manager of the Boots and Bonnets Bar, a family-owned business. He was the highest ranking non-elected sheriff in Delaware County and in his younger years, served as a police sergeant on the Chester Township police force.
Former Chester Township Council Chairman Stan Kester was friends with Ellis for 62 years. The pair worked side-by-side on Council on many projects that benefited the community.
“Nate was a good friend and did a lot for the township,” said Kester. “He was a very loyal person and worked tirelessly for this community. I have lost a good friend and ally.”
Ellis was predeceased by his wife, Fannie Mae, and is survived by a son, Stanley, two granddaughters and two great grandsons.
Services have yet to be scheduled.